Anime 2021: Who Are This Year’s Best Boys?

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Vote up the best male anime characters of 2021.

2021 is ending soon, which means that it's time to look back on what was great about all the anime that came out during the year. One exciting thing to look back on are the best anime boys of 2021. Let's count down some of the most popular and interesting male anime characters to debut this year, plus a few who were introduced earlier but were important parts of 2021 anime. 

If you love characters who are passionate about what they do, you might like Yatori Yaguchi from Blue Period, who just discovered the amazing world of art. Looking for the exact opposite? Uramichi Omota from Life Lessons with Uramichi Oniisan is a depressed millenial who nobody wants to be able to relate to, but a lot of people can. What about a cool warrior? Try Kyojuro Rengoku from Demon Slayer: Mugen Train. No matter your taste, there's an awesome 2021 anime guy for you.

Most divisive: Tamahiko Shima - 'Taisho Otome Fairy Tale'

  • Kyojuro Rengoku - 'Demon Slayer: Mugen Train'
    Photo: Demon Slayer: Mugen Train / ufotable

    Though he plays a minor role in the Demon Slayer TV series, Flame Hashira Kyojuro Rengoku is a major highlight of Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train. 

    During the film, he shows off his hilariously straightforward personality, as well his raw strength and bravery.

    • Appears In: Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
    488 votes
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    317 VOTES

    Draken - 'Tokyo Revengers'

    Draken - 'Tokyo Revengers'
    Photo: Tokyo Revengers / LIDENFILMS

    Tokyo Revengers has many excellent boys, but for now we're going to highlight Ken Ryuguji, also known as Draken. He's one of Mikey's oldest and most loyal friends, but he's no sycophant - he'll argue with him and get mad when he needs to.

    Also, can we talk about how cool his dragon tattoo is?

    317 votes
  • 3
    233 VOTES

    Izumi Miyamura - 'Horimiya'

    Izumi Miyamura - 'Horimiya'
    Photo: Horimiya / CloverWorks

    On the outside, Izumi Miyamura is a shy, introverted dork who doesn't seem like he'd take risks or open up to others. But he's actually more daring than he looks - he has a ton of piercings and tattoos.

    His hidden side is part of what helps him bond with his eventual girlfriend Kyouko Mori, who has a hidden side of her own. 

    233 votes
  • 4
    218 VOTES

    Kyo Sohma - 'Fruits Basket'

    Kyo Sohma - 'Fruits Basket'
    Photo: Fruits Basket / TMS Entertainment

    Fruits Basket aired its final season in 2021, so let's give it up for the most popular male lead, Kyo Sohma. Kyo is the cat of the Sohma Zodiac, which means that he's excluded from most family events and has a dark future ahead of him. 

    He started off the series as an angry young man who couldn't connect with others because he hadn't processed his own trauma and he can't imagine a life beyond the present moment. By the end of the series, not only have things completely turned around for him, but he's also able to reach out and help others. 

    • Appears In: Fruits Basket
    • Powers & Abilities: Shapeshifting
    218 votes
  • 5
    200 VOTES

    Rimuru Tempest - 'That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime'

    Okay, so Rimuru Tempest isn't an new character, but considering the fact that Slime was updating for half the year and he's a beloved character, we included him.

    Rimuru was reincarnated into a fantasy world as a lowly slime, but he quickly gained power and allies through two methods - his incredible ability to absorb the powers of others, and his amazing communication skills. He ends up forming a new community called the Jura Federation.

    200 votes
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    137 VOTES

    Hitohito Tadano - 'Komi Can't Communicate'

    Hitohito Tadano is hoping for a normal, stress-free high school life, but his plans change when he meets Shouko Komi. At first, he's the only person who gets that she's not being standoffish - she's just too anxious to speak to people.

    He resolves to help her communicate with others so that she can achieve her dream of making 100 friends. 

    137 votes